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Working As A Data Processing Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Processing Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Data Processing Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Principal Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Lead Data Analyst 2.7 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Data Analyst 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Data Processing Analyst
Data Analyst 10.6%
Internship 5.3%
Specialist 3.5%
Supervisor 3.5%
Manager 3.5%
Top Careers After Data Processing Analyst
Data Analyst 10.9%
Consultant 6.3%
Analyst 5.9%
Manager 3.2%

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Data Processing Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

49.1%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

7.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Asian

14.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.1%

Chinese

8.7%

Arabic

8.7%

Korean

8.7%

Kurdish

4.3%

Dutch

4.3%

Turkish

4.3%

German

4.3%

Romanian

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

French

4.3%

Mandarin

4.3%

Hindi

4.3%

Urdu

4.3%

Cheyenne

4.3%
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Data Processing Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

University of Hawaii at Manoa

9.7%

The Academy

6.9%

University of Illinois at Springfield

5.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.6%

Iowa State University

5.6%

Wayne State University

5.6%

University of Baltimore

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

University of Toledo

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.2%

Germanna Community College

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

Davenport University

4.2%

Florida Atlantic University

4.2%

Central Washington University

2.8%

Wright State University

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

University of Alabama

2.8%
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Majors

Business

28.5%

Computer Science

16.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Psychology

5.9%

Information Technology

4.4%

Accounting

4.4%

Finance

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Project Management

2.6%

Management

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

English

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

23.2%

Other

16.5%

Associate

11.1%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$52,000
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Best Paying Company
Rapid Global Business Solutions
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Data Processing Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Processing Analyst in the United States is $74,536 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $105,000.

Real Data Processing Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Data Processing Analyst Collabera Inc. Morristown, NJ May 01, 2015 $125,424
Data Processing Analyst Collabera Inc. Morristown, NJ Jul 24, 2015 $124,000
Business Data Process Analyst Moody's Investors Service, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $69,003
Associate, Data Analyst, Markit Trade Processing Markitserv, LLC New York, NY Sep 09, 2013 $68,000
Data Processing Analyst Summerville & Associates, Inc. Skokie, IL Feb 22, 2010 $55,744
Data Processing Analyst Bridgetree, LLC Mooresville, NC Jul 23, 2014 $55,120
Data Processing Analyst Bridgetree, LLC Mooresville, NC Jul 07, 2014 $55,000
Data Processing Analyst Bridgetree, Inc. Mooresville, NC Aug 01, 2013 $55,000
Data Processing Analyst Bridgetree, Inc. Mooresville, NC Aug 01, 2010 $55,000
Customer Master Data Process Analyst Schneider Electric It Corporation Kingston, RI Nov 21, 2016 $53,664 -
$68,000
Data Processing Programmer/Analyst JAPS-Olson Company Saint Louis Park, MN Sep 30, 2009 $52,000
Data Processing Programmer/Analyst JAPS-Olson Company Saint Louis Park, MN Sep 23, 2010 $51,132
Analyst-Data Processing Louisiana State University and A & M College Baton Rouge, LA Aug 01, 2012 $50,000
Data Processing System Analyst Dicentral Corporation Houston, TX Sep 20, 2010 $50,000
Direct Mail Data Processor and Analyst Direct Mail Impressions Boca Raton, FL Apr 14, 2014 $45,000 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Data Processing Analyst

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
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  • Accomplished a revolving loan servicing system database conversion for the Rehabilitation Loan staff.
  • Develop Oracle client/server applications in a Netware 4.1/Windows 3.1 environment using Developer/2000, SQLPlus, PL/SQL and Oracle 7.1 database.
  • Monitored process efficiency by designing and maintaining methods and procedures for individual and departmental process operations.
  • Conducted data analysis, implementing business logic to text analytic models.
  • Assisted management with reconciliation of data entry and quality innovation for entire department.

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